Adriana Trigiani, the New York Times best-selling author of the blockbuster epic The Shoemaker's Wife, returns with her biggest and boldest novel yet, a hypnotic tale based on a true story and filled with her signature elements: family ties, artistry, romance, and adventure. Born in the golden age of Hollywood, All the Stars in Heaven captures the luster, drama, power, and secrets that could only thrive in the studio system - viewed through the lives of an unforgettable cast of players creating magic on the screen and behind the scenes.
In this spectacular saga as radiant, thrilling, and beguiling as Hollywood itself, Adriana Trigiani takes us back to Tinsel Town's golden age - an era as brutal as it was resplendent - and into the complex and glamorous world of a young actress hungry for fame and success. With meticulous, beautiful detail, Trigiani paints a rich, historical landscape of 1930s Los Angeles, where European and American artisans flocked to pursue the ultimate dream: to tell stories on the silver screen.
The movie business is booming in 1935 when 21-year-old Loretta Young meets 34-four-year-old Clark Gable on the set of The Call of the Wild. Though he's already married, Gable falls for the stunning and vivacious young actress instantly.
Far from the glittering lights of Hollywood, Sister Alda Ducci has been forced to leave her convent and begin a new journey that leads her to Loretta. Becoming Miss Young's secretary, the innocent and pious young Alda must navigate the wild terrain of Hollywood with fierce determination and a moral code that derives from her Italian roots. Over the course of decades, she and Loretta encounter scandal and adventure, choose love and passion, and forge an enduring bond of love and loyalty that will be put to the test when they eventually face the greatest obstacle of their lives.
"Blair Brown's acting talents are brought center stage in her performance of this fictionalized account of the relationship between Loretta Young and Clark Gable.... Underlying Brown's animated narration is a subtle emotional tension, and the layered performance highlights the laughter and tears, loves and disappointments in Loretta's and Alda's lives." (AudioFile)
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Soggy In The Middle
A well know story of an illegitimate child of two movie stars, with a romantic spin. Slow story, with a great reader. No problems with the reader, just with the story!
The character of Alda is more interesting then Loretta Young and Clark Gable. However, the character of Alda just disappears about half way into the story, and the focus is on Loretta. Loretta was just too good to be true, and I missed finding out more about Alda and husband, Luca.
Easily Alda! From a nunnery to Hollywood, she was the most interesting, and the most unpredictable. Loretta was " a saint" and Clark Gable " a womanizer." No news there.
Old Hollywood Story Retold.
Somewhat disappointed in this book. Tragiani wrote so well in the Valentina series, and this book can be read on Wickipedia. As I said, the character of Alda was fresh and engaging, but she goes away too early.
Charming, nice entertainment, & ok for what it is